Ruminant animals, with their complex digestive systems, have the ability to consume and utilize plant materials that we humans cannot digest. Therefore, ruminant animals can convert those plant materials into high quality protein sources for the human diet. While beef cattle are the predominant species of ruminant farm animals in Kentucky, there are also a substantial numbers of small ruminants (sheep and goats).
The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture is teaming up with sheep and goat breed associations, Kentucky State University and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board to offer the 2012 Kentucky Small Ruminant Grazing Conference at the Western Kentucky University Ag Expo Center in Bowling Green. Scheduled for Jan. 14, the conference will offer many sessions for all levels of experience.
“We’ve got something for anyone who is interested in raising small ruminants,” said David Ditsch, director of the UK Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability in Quicksand. “We’re going to present science-based research that producers can apply in their own operations.”